Cynthia Rylant. Author. Cynthia Rylant. Cynthia Rylant is an award winning children’s and young adult author whose work includes picture books, poetry, short stories, and novels. . Virginia Native.
In the book, When I Was Young In The Mountains, she tells about life in West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. This book was named a Caldecott honor book, a very important award for a picture book.